Garden Route – Step Into Nature

Liza De Villiers

Liza De Villiers

Liza De Villiers is the Local Contributing Writer at Global Storybook (South Africa) .
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With all the focus and tourist sites directing you straight to the Mother City of Cape Town (of course there’s no doubt how beautiful it is) – just a few hours away, there is a little gem of an area called the Garden Route, where you have the opportunity to walk with a few hundred years old yellow wood trees, get lost in the untouched magical world of forests and nature…

knysna_forestIt is the place where mountains meets a forest, meets the ocean.  A place where the energy of a few thousands years ago can be felt.  Some places along the way have not developed at a rapid pace such as the City life has.  Although Garden Route sounds like one place, it is actually a stretch of places all along the South and East coast of Southern Africa, starting from Mosselbay, George, Wilderness, Knysna, Plettenberg Bay, Nature’s valley and then stretching all the way past the Eastern Cape border to the Storms River (home of the suspended bridges and some amazing adventure experiences on the black river).  Each place has its own breathtaking views, nature scenery and history.

Bloukrans BridgeThe beautiful untouched forest areas were once home to the Knysna Elephant, which sadly has not been spotted, in the last few years.  Besides the amazing flora and landscapes, the fauna is exceptionally beautiful with a variety of different bird life, including the “Knysna Loerie” or “Knysna Turaco” if you are lucky enough to spot him.

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Lemur Monkey landNature's Valley beachOn my last visit to the Garden Route, I popped in at the Monkey world, and I was definitely not disappointed.  The monkeys are all free roaming, looking so happy and well cared for, and quite intrigued by an odd person’s sunglasses, (so hang on to those when you go).  Besides monkeys they also have a few lemurs that are so friendly (or were they) that they even accompanied us to the exit!

Besides the immaculate nature and scenery, the locals bring even more flavor to the occasion with the relaxed attitudes and love and passion for nature.

Grab a canoe and go explore the mystical rivers cutting through picturesque mountains, go for a bungy jump on the Bloukrans bridge, (which is a knows as the highest commercial bungy bridge in the World) or simply take a barefoot hike on one of the numerous walks and feel yourself getting grounded with every single step.

Storms riverThis is a playground for any nature and outdoor lover and highly advisable for any adventurer or a wander-luster.  As Ralph Waldo Emerson once said:

“Get lost in nature and find peace”.

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